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The writings of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (RSRH) deeply resonate with many people today, as they have since the time he penned them in the middle of the nineteenth century, using them to recreate a community of modern, Torah-faithful Jews in Frankfurt that had all but disappeared. Many find that, ironically, his words seem more suited for our times than when he composed them. He stands almost alone among commentators in dealing with many themes of modernity: cultrual evolution; our relationships with non-Jews; the Jewish mission to the rest of civilization; freedom of the will versus determinism; autonomy and totalitarianism; understanding the impact of paganism on the ancient world. Of course, his treatment of symbolism.

Each week, we will present some thought of RSRH on the parshah. Most will be taken from his great commentary on the Torah. Recognizing that his language is often a barrier to students, we will take his thought and completely retool and reframe it. We hope that the kernel thought will be faithful to him, while the development will remain the responsibility of the author.

We hope that these offerings will prove to be an inspiring and enlightening weekly foray into the rich world of the contribution of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch.

If you'd like, you can see the list of all archived Rav Hirsch articles on the Parsha, or the index to all archived Torah Portion articles.



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Good and Eternal Company
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Emotionally Engaging: Yaakov vs. Eisav
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

Jewish Observer
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Shlomo Katz - 5768

A Few Small Jugs
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

Redeeming Factors
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Living Lessons
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Miracles of Modesty
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762

Light Over Darkness
Rabbi Naphtali Hoff - 5768


A Torah Perspective
Shlomo Katz - 5766

Lessons in Devotion
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

I Have It All!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

> Think It Through
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5768

The Real Story
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

Yaakov vs Eisav Throughout History
- 5774

Festival of The Reflecting Lights
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

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